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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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7,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,994
Reviews: 2,566
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 516
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 38
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark in color. Not quite black, but close. Beautiful.
S: Smells sweet and full of yeast and dark fruits.
T: This beer tastes fantastic. Almost perfect for the style. Tastes of dried dark fruits (raisins and plums maybe?) with a creamy aftertaste. It may have tasted even better as it approached room temperature!
M: Medium-full body. Just enough carbonation. Very smooth.
D: The 10.50% ABV is well-hidden. Although I prefer to sip on this beer as to enjoy it for longer, one could easily drink a few of these in a night.

This continues to be one of my favorite beers and I seem to enjoy it more each time. A job well done, Belgian monks!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this beer. The first time I had it was probably eight or nine years ago, when I was just starting to get into beer, and Belgians were an exciting frontier.

Anyway. Pours dark but not cloudy, rich ruby color, lots of carbonation, lots of head. Very pretty. Smell is yeasty, grassy, dark tart plums in the background. There's a very nice sourness.

Taste is complex and rich, short bright flash of tartness, heaps of sweetness and rich malt, heavy yeast flavor, raisins and dates, dark fruit. Not my favorite style, but one of my favorites of the style.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich but mysteriously airy. Overall, this is really a great beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle, found across the state line in Missouri (not available here in Kansas from what I know). Poured into a chalice as a deep, hazy brown color, with a tower off-white head. Had to let it set to let the head settle before I could pour the second half of the bottle into the glass. The head clinged to the edges of the chalice the whole time.

Nice malty aroma to it, with a bit of an earthy smell, perhaps? Maybe cloves. A bit of sweetness to the smell, as well. Not overpoweringly strong aroma, just a nice, smooth smell to contribute to the overall experience of this brew.

Earthy flavors up front here, with a dark, sweet flavor in there. Perhaps like a brown sugar taste there. There is a nice grape flavor towards the end, but it's nice and smooth, not as bitter as I've noticed in some other Belgians. I can't taste the alcohol much in this one, but I can definitelly feel it at the end, nice and warm. Very nice and smooth, and the head adds a nice, creamy feel to it. Goes down very easily.

Very nice beer here. At three and a half bucks a bottle, not something I'm gonna stock my fridge with, but probably something I'll keep around. For the flavor and feel itself, I think this one is a very drinkable beer, but not something you'd probably want to drink one after another of.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,994 ratings.